May 24, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Head Coach Patrick Baker will welcome 12 ladies to the soccer program in the fall. The 1999 Seminole class includes one senior, two sophomores and nine freshman from eight states and one from Norway.
“We are really excited about the 1999 signing class,” Head Coach Patrick Baker said. “We have some good young talent coming in and the three transfers will bring leadership and experience to a young team. These ladies bring in athleticism and speed as well as a good technical base so we hope to be more athletic and even faster than last year. The preseason will be wide open.”
The 1999 signing class will join the 16 remaining players from last year’s squad in preseason workouts beginning in August. Florida State lost eight seniors this year, seven of them from the inaugural squad of 1995. The newcomers include six players from Florida and one each from North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Norway.
Gina Iacovella: A senior transfer from Prospect, CT, the midfielder/defender played for the University of South Carolina and was a member of the 1997 club national championship team while playing on a Region I Olympic Development Program team. She will add leadership and experience and has the ability to play many different positions.
Kristin Aaeserudseter: Aaeserudseter is a sophomore transfer from Oslo, Norway where she played with current Seminoles Maren and Marte Vik Edvardsen on a club team. She played her freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University and will add speed as well as fight for a starting position in the fall.
Sarah Crawford: A sophomore transfer from Lilburn. GA, Crawford played her freshman year as a goalkeeper at Georgia State and will play for a semi-pro team this summer in Atlanta. She was a member of the Tophat Club and will compete for the starting goalkeeper spot.
Courtney Asbra: The defender from Arlington, TX will enter the Florida State Honors program in the fall. She played for James Martin High School in Texas and played under Coach Baker on the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program Under-18 team.
Ashlee Fontes: Fontes comes to FSU from Rochester Hills, MI where she played for Rochester Adams High School. She has played on club and Olympic Development Teams, including a highly regarded Michigan Hawks team, as a defender and sweeper.
Jennifer Garcia: The central midfielder from Miramar, FL, will add speed and possesses great ball handling skills. She was a first team all-state pick from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She is a starter for the Margate Blitz club program and also plays in the Olympic Development Program.
Amanda Green: A forward from Clearwater Central Catholic in Safety Harbor, FL, Green is one of three forwards in this year’s recruiting class. She played for the Western Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program from 1992-1997 and represented Florida on the Olympic Development Program Team in 1998.
Janey Hallberg: The midfielder from Longwood, FL brings in speed and quick feet to the program. She played for Lake Brantley High School as well as many club teams.
Meredith Jones: The midfielder from West Chester, PA will bring great ball handling and a sharp eye for the game to FSU. She was a member of two state championships at Henderson High School and is a starter for the F.C. Delco club program out of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Jessica Poppell: The defender from Farragut High School will bring excellent defending skills and good ball sense to the FSU program. She comes to Florida State from Knoxville, TN and is a member of the Music City Lady Sting club team out of Nashville, TN.
Kelly Robinson: An all-around player from Greensboro, NC, Robinson will be an asset to FSU with good speed and agility. She was a member of the state champion teams from 1995-98 while at Greensboro Day School and was honored as an all-state player last spring.
Cindy Schofield: The forward from George Jenkins High School will enter FSU as the all-time Florida High School girls goal scorer and is second in the nation. The Lakeland, FL, native currently plays for the Tampa Bay Heather club and has an excellent all-around game.